MIBR unveil new roster with BOOM quartet
The Brazilian team should make their first appearance for the organisation next month, in BLAST Premier.
MIBR have announced that they have put together a new roster featuring BOOM's quartet of Gustavo "yel" Knittel, Ricardo "boltz" Prass, Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes and Bruno "shz" Martinelli ahead of their first tournament of 2021, the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.
Rounding out the roster is Daniel "danoco" Morgado, who impressed during his brief tenure with Bravos between July and November. Last month, he stepped in for Sharks in Gamers Club Masters VI, replacing Leonardo "leo_drk" Oliveira while he was on loan with MIBR.
The announcement came just an hour after BOOM confirmed the departure of the team. In a statement, the Indonesian organisation explained that it agreed to transfer the players after they expressed a wish "to try a new environment."
"I would like to thank BOOM, the only organisation that believed in our lineup at the start of such a troubled year, especially Gary, the owner of BOOM, who did everything in his power to keep us all this time," boltz said in a statement.
The only player who will not be moving to MIBR is João "felps" Vasconcellos, who is reportedly committed to the new Brazilian project that has been assembled by Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia. The team, which also includes Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, Bruno "latto" Rebelatto, Bruno "b4rtiN" Câmara and Eduardo "dumau" Wolkmer, is reportedly in advanced talks with GODSENT.
MIBR were on the lookout for a new lineup after the remaining players of their previous team, Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and Alencar "trk" Rossato, asked to be moved to the bench following a breakdown in negotiations over the new lineup for 2021. The pair wanted the organisation to sign Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, Vinicius "vsm" Moreira, leo_drk and Henrique "HEN1" Teles.
Raphael "cogu" Camargo, the team's manager and coach, claimed that he was "treated like trash" by the Immortals Gaming Club, MIBR's parent company. kNgV- added that the organisation showed "a lack of interest" in signing the lineup and that he could not accept "a 75 per cent devaluation" for a contract renewal.
MIBR's new squad is bound for Europe, where it will be preparing for their first tournaments of the year. The team dominated South American Counter-Strike in 2020, winning nine tournaments in a row, including two Regional Major Ranking (RMR) competitions, and qualifying for the IEM Katowice 2021 Play-In Stage.
Renato "nak" Nakano, who announced his retirement as a player on Wednesday, will combine his role as a content creator with his duties as a strategic coach. He played for MIBR between 2006 and 2009 and was part of the lineup that won the ESWC 2006 title in Paris.
MIBR now have: